Stadler hybrid locomotive approved in Belgium and the Netherlands
Stadler’s EURO9000 locomotive, a 6-axle hybrid locomotive, has secured the green light for operations in Belgium and the Netherlands. This approval expands the locomotive’s operational footprint, having already obtained authorisation in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. An operating licence for Italy is anticipated in 2024.
The EURO9000 locomotive is an interoperable design tailored for international routes along the primary European railway corridors, developed to meet the challenges of rail freight transport. The locomotive can travel at high speeds on main European corridors, accommodating mixed traffic and pulling longer, heavier trains with a single locomotive.
The EURO9000 boasts a power output of 9 MW, enabling operation on electrified routes with both alternating current and direct current. Its modular hybrid design allows for the installation of up to three different drive systems (electric, diesel, and/or battery drive), facilitating operation on non-electrified sections of track.
Compliant with the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI), the EURO9000 is set to be equipped with various country packages, incorporating conventional automatic train protection systems and ETCS to facilitate seamless cross-border operations. Its default configuration covers Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium, with two prototypes successfully tested in the latter two countries over the past two years.
Available for use in Germany and Austria since March 2023, with type approval granted for Switzerland on 2 November, the recent approval for Belgium and the Netherlands marks another milestone. Iñigo Parra, Executive Vice President of Stadler Division Spain, stated, “The challenges associated with the interoperability of European rail networks and the European Union’s requirements to shift more freight transport to rail motivated us at Stadler to develop one of our most innovative products – the EURO9000.”
European Loc Pool (ELP) has emerged as the pioneer customer, ordering 30 EURO9000 locomotives, with seven already delivered and in operation. Additionally, Alpha Trains has recently placed an order for 12 EURO9000 locomotives, scheduled for delivery in 2025.